Lewis brings old school mentality to Creek record books

Cedar Creek linebacker Quincy Lewis is on the verge of breaking the school’s all-time tackles record. (Photo by Tim Smith)

By Malcolm Butler

 

When Quincy Lewis walks onto the field at Cougar Stadium tonight, he will have an opportunity to possibly break the program’s all-time career tackles record. 

The senior MIKE linebacker needs only six tackles to tie and seven to set the mark. Quincy enters the game in third place with 309 tackles, trailing only Christian Marcus (315) and Carson Riley (311). 

And regardless of when he records tackle No. 316, don’t expect some sort of big-time celebration from Lewis. That’s not his style.

“That dude is like a throwback to the 70’s and 80’s,” said Creek head coach Matt Middleton. “He is a coach’s dream. He has zero drip and swag. He just lines up and plays. He doesn’t care what color his shoes are or what socks he’s got on. There’s no tape. He gets after it and he just plays. He’s nasty.

“He never celebrates and never talks. But when he does (talk), people listen.”

Opponents have been listening for the past four years. His pads speak volumes on Friday nights during the fall in an old school approach to the game.

“”Old School? I like the description,” said Quincy. “I will take it.

“I do not have drip or swag. I would wear it if it helped me, but I like to feel really loose. I don’t like all that stuff on me, especially when its hot. I mean we are in Louisiana. It’s way too hot to be wearing all of that. I have no problem with the guys doing that. I know that’s fun to them.”

Creek defensive coordinator Mark Ware has been watching Quincy since his freshman year when Ware joined the Cougars coaching staff. He worked his way into the starting lineup midway through his freshman season and never looked back. 

“We were looking for linebackers the whole year long,” said Ware. “We were shuffling kids around. We were playing some kids out of position. I was trying the whole first year to get people to where they needed to be to be successful. After about the middle of the season Quincy started starting for us as a freshman. It was very obvious that he could get to the football.”

And get there he has … at a soon-to-be record pace, something that doesn’t surprise Ware.

“Because like all the really good defensive players that I’ve been around through the years he is very, very intense, and that’s what separates him,” said Ware. “He is intense all the time. He is one of those.  It’s sometimes hard to get him to smile. He is a very intense person.

“He does not like losing at all. He is highly competitive and when you find a kid that, it’s likely that he’s going to have success. He’s a very talented kid. He can run. He is strong as a bull ox, and he is intense.”

Quincy comes from good stock. His father, Tommy, was the 1997 Southland Conference Player of the Year for the ULM (then NLU) baseball team. So Quincy was born with competitive genes. 

In fact he said that this past summer as he was training, his goal was to beat his dad’s old 40-time of 4.48 seconds. He came up just short — 4.52 seconds.

But Quincy is quick to give his dad (and mom) props.

“I get my smarts from my mom,” said Quincy. “And my athleticism from my dad. He was a freak athlete.”

Like father, like son. 

He also got plenty of other intangibles.

“Instinctive,” said Middleton. “He is such a smart player. But he’s got instincts. You either have them or you don’t. And he’s got them. He just has a knack for the ball. He is really the center fielder out there. He can make all the calls and get everybody lined up. It’s pretty special to watch him.”

Quincy leads Creek in tackles this year through the first three games. totaling 38 tackles and one interception. He has hit double digits in tackles in all three games this year, including 16 against Vidalia, 11 vs. Glenbrook and 11 in the victory over Winnfield. 

As a freshman, Quincy recorded 76 tackles and hasn’t slowed down since. He registered 106 as a sophomore and 89 more as a junior for Cougars. 

And according to Ware, it’s because the star defensive backer doesn’t swing and miss very often.

“One thing that I love about ole Quincy … if he touches you, he tackles you,” said Ware. “He don’t miss very much. It has to do with how strong he is. Quincy don’t miss very many tackles. He will square you up, and he will pop you.”

A few more of those pops and Quincy will write his name into the Creek record books … most likely as early as tonight against Delhi.

What does he think about the soon-to-be record?

“When it happens I am going to be extremely thankful,” said Quincy. “I am going to go tell every single guy that has played with me … if I can remember them all … how much I appreciate them for helping me hit this record. 

“Once it is there, I am going to cherish the moment and then put it behind me the rest of the year like it didn’t even happen. When I’m done I can look back and say, ‘Hey, I did that.’ I will be proud of it. But you don’t let that become your focus.

“Like (tonight), if I make the record … great. But I want to win that game more than I want to beat the record.”

Kickoff tonight is 7 p.m. at Cougar Stadium. The game can be heard on 101.9 FM with Kevin Bayles and Scott Hill providing the call of the action.


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